The argument/claim that the congregational prayer can be changed to distancing between each worshiper due the hajah (necessity) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among those in the congregational prayer is invalid. This is because the obligation of praying in congregation has been already removed by the hajah (necessity) to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Therefore, any imposed distancing upon all those in the congregational prayer renders the prayer invalid because the closing of gaps between each worshiper is an essential part of the congregational prayer (see Fatwa #18).

It is not unreasonable to perceive that those who argue in favor of distancing in the congregational prayer are the mosques and muslim community centers who need to maintain a steady flow of donations to keep such mosques and muslim community centers going.

And Allah Knows best…

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